Withdraw from the Match

The 2019 APPIC Match


Things to Know

If you accept a position at a program that is not participating in the Match, or if you decide not to submit a Rank Order List for any other reason, then you must withdraw yourself for each Phase of the Match.

Applicants who withdraw from either Phase of the Match will not be matched to a position in that Phase. However, withdrawn applicants are permitted to seek positions after each Phase of the Match as described below.

  • Applicants who withdraw from Phase I of the Match will be permitted to participate in Phase II. They will be able to access information on programs with positions available in Phase II, apply to those programs, and submit a Rank Order List for Phase II of the Match.
  • Applicants who withdraw from Phase II of the Match will be permitted to participate in the Post-Match Vacancy Service operated by APPIC after the results of Phase II of the Match are released.

If you withdraw from either Phase of the Match, but subsequently decide that you want to submit a Rank Order List for that Phase of the Match, you can Reinstate yourself in the Match using the NMS Match System prior to the Rank Order List deadline for that Phase of the Match.

You can withdraw or reinstate yourself using the NMS Match System at any time until the Rank Order List deadline for Phase I of the Match. Following that deadline, you cannot withdraw or reinstate yourself in the Match using the NMS Match System until the system opens again for Phase II of the Match. If you did not match to a position in Phase I, you will then be able to withdraw or reinstate yourself for Phase II of the Match until the Rank Order List deadline for Phase II.

Withdrawing from Phase I

Every applicant who registers for the Match must either submit a Rank Order List of programs for Phase I of the Match or withdraw from Phase I of the Match by the Phase I Rank Order List deadline.

If you do not intend to submit a Rank Order List for Phase I of the Match, you must withdraw from Phase I. As part of the withdrawal process, you will be asked to indicate if you want to withdraw from Phase I only (because you plan to participate in Phase II), or if you want to withdraw from both Phase I and Phase II of the Match. The option you select is important:

  • If you withdraw from Phase I only, you will be reinstated automatically as active again for Phase II. You will be required to return to the NMS Match System for Phase II, and either submit a Rank Order List or withdraw again prior to the Phase II Rank Order List deadline.
  • If you withdraw from both Phase I and Phase II, your withdrawn status will carry over to start Phase II and there is nothing further you need to do if you do not want to submit a Rank Order List for Phase II (you do not need to return to the NMS Match System to withdraw a second time). However, you will still have the option of reinstating yourself for Phase II of the Match if desired.

    If you decide to participate in Phase II you will be able to access information on programs with positions available in Phase II, apply to those programs, and submit a Rank Order List for Phase II of the Match. You will have to reinstate yourself for Phase II, as described below, before you can submit a Rank Order List for Phase II.

Withdrawing from Phase II

Every applicant who registers for the Match and does not obtain a position in Phase I of the Match is eligible to participate in Phase II and must either submit a Rank Order List of programs for Phase II of the Match or withdraw from Phase II.

If you do not intend to submit a Rank Order List for Phase II of the Match, you must withdraw from Phase II before the Phase II Rank Order List deadline. If you withdrew from both Phase I and Phase II of the Match prior to the Phase I Rank Order List deadline, there is nothing further you need to do; your withdrawal will be carried over automatically to Phase II and you do not need to withdraw again from Phase II.

Applicants who withdraw from Phase II of the Match, or from both Phase I and Phase II, will be permitted to participate in the Post-Match Vacancy Service operated by APPIC after the results of Phase II of the Match are released.

Implications of Withdrawing

If you withdraw from a Phase of the Match, you will not be matched to a position in the Phase. Any rankings of programs you may have submitted for that Phase will not be used in the Match.

While you are withdrawn, your withdrawn status will be visible to programs. In particular, if you withdraw from both Phase I and Phase II prior to the Phase I deadline, you will appear as withdrawn in Phase II until you reinstate yourself for Phase II.

Withdrawing from the Match does not affect your eligibility to participate in the Match in future years.

If you enter and certify a Rank Order List and do not withdraw by the Rank Order List deadline, your rankings will be included in that Phase of the Match. If you are matched with a program, you must accept the position with which you are matched as described in the Applicant Agreement and the APPIC Match Policies. Violations of the policies of the Match will be reported to the APPIC Standards and Review Committee. The APPIC Board may decide to impose penalties on those who violate the policies.

How to Withdraw

You must withdraw prior to the Rank Order List deadline:

  • Log in to the NMS Match System.
  • Select Edit from the Status section of the Dashboard.
  • Select an option to indicate the Phase(s) of the Match from which you are withdrawing
  • Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the process.

How to Reinstate

You may reinstate to participate in either Phase of the Match prior to the Rank Order List deadline for that Phase:

To reinstate yourself in the Match:

  • Log in to the NMS Match System.
  • Select Edit from the Status section of the Dashboard.
  • Follow the instructions provided on the screen to complete the reinstatement process.
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